Waste of a white skin : the Carnegie Corporation and the racial logic of white vulnerability

Willoughby-Herard, Tiffany, 1973- author

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  • Creator Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015] ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • xviii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780520280861, 0520280865, 9780520280878, 0520280873, 9780520959972, 0520959973
  • OCLC ocn877369572


  • "A pathbreaking history of the development of scientific racism, white nationalism, and segregationist philanthropy in the U.S. and South Africa in the early 20th century, Waste of a White Skin focuses on the American Carnegie Corporation's study of race in South Africa, The Poor White Study, and its influence on the creation of apartheid. This book demonstrates the ways in which U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner Nationalism in the critical period prior to 1948 through philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly knowledge production. Rather than comparing racial democracies and their engagement with scientific racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways in which a racial regime of 'global whiteness' constitutes domestic racial policies and in part animates black consciousness in seemingly disparate and discontinuous racial democracies. This book uses key paradigms in black political thought--black feminism, black internationalism, and the black radical tradition--to provide a richer account of poverty and work. Much of the scholarship on whiteness in South Africa overlooks the complex politics of white poverty and what they mean for the making of black political action and black people's presence in the economic system"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-291) and index.


  • Forgeries of history : the Poor White Study -- The visual culture of white poverty as the history of South Africa and the United States : repetition, rediscovery, playing with whiteness -- The white primitive : whiteness studies, embodiment, invisibility, property -- The roots of white poverty : cheap, lazy, inefficient : black -- Origin stories about segregationist philanthropy -- Carnegie in Africa and the knowledge politics of apartheid : research agendas not taken -- I'll give you something to cry about : the intraracial violence of uplift feminism in the Carnegie Poor White Study volume, the mother and daughter of the poor family -- Conclusion : race makes nation
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